Have you ever made a cut-up cake? This was something we used to do all the time when I was little. The idea is simple – you start with normally shaped cakes (usually squares or circles), and then cut them up, reassemble them, and create fun designs.
This cat is made from two 9-inch circle cakes, and is this year’s Halloween cake. I used the star method to decorate, but you could easily use candy or coconut or just straight frost this guy. If you want to follow along with the star method, I included a decorating template along with the cutting template for those like me who can’t freehand to save their life.
So without further ado, here’s your cat cake breakdown:
Start by baking two 9-inch round cakes. I use one cake mix and split it in two in order to get both cakes. I also use a doctored cake mix recipe (below) because I’m a tiny bit of a cake snob, but any standard cake recipe will work as long as you can get two rounds out of it. Do avoid angel food or really light cakes though, as they tend to break when you cut them.
I also made a double recipe of buttercream, reserving some of the buttercream before I add the cocoa in order to do the features.
Once the cakes are completely cooled, use this template to cut one of the cakes leaving the other intact.
Now you have your cake cut, assemble it on a cake board (mine’s part of a diaper box covered in foil). The arrangement looks like this:
Now if you’re going your own decorating way, this is where we’ll part. If you’re planning to follow along with my method, here goes!
I included a face on the cutting template to use for tracing. I couldn’t decide on eyes, so there are two kinds there. For this cake, I used the round ones.
I cut out the eyes, nose, and cheeks, then placed them on the cake and used icing to trace around them and a toothpick to lift them off after I finished.
Once I had the shapes, I filled them in with a Wilton 18 star tip.
The last step is to fill in the rest of the cake with the star tip and the chocolate frosting. I will not lie, this takes a while and requires some good hand strength. I actually find it soothing…
You’ll notice I moved the tail out of the way to do the body. I actually did the inside edge of the tail while it was away, then moved the tail into position and finished the top and outside edge.
Here’s the finished product:
And that’s it! Enjoy your lovely cat cake!